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Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

2 Samuel 22:1-51 KJV
(1) And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
(2) And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
(3) The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
(4) I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
(5) When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
(6) The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
(7) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
(8) Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
(9) There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
(10) He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.
(11) And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
(12) And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
(13) Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
(14) The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
(15) And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
(16) And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
(17) He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
(18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
(19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
(20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
(21) The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
(22) For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
(23) For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
(24) I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
(25) Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
(26) With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
(27) With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
(28) And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
(29) For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
(30) For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
(31) As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
(32) For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
(33) God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
(34) He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
(35) He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
(36) Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
(37) Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
(38) I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
(39) And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
(40) For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
(41) Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
(42) They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
(43) Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
(44) Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.
(45) Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
(46) Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
(47) The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
(48) It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me,
(49) And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
(50) Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
(51) He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

Thanksgiving through victory and thanksgiving through feasting and harvest is often not thought to be the same. Yet the feasting in victory is the harvest of friends both young and old who doubted the win. And those passing on due to war, it is the sacrifice of praise that occurs with battle. The victory and fight for freedom. As we think on thanksgiving we think of the Pilgrims journey through out the land both for freedom and peace with their fellow man. War once with Indians along the shore came peaceful meal at the table after a harvest. A harvest much needed with memories of the last winter in America. Yet the Indians came and showed their new neighbors the fruit of their labor of years past on how to grow and tend to crops as well as hunt wild game edible for food and storage.

David knew the mercy of God and the victory of God. The crush of God on his people when they sinned as well as the victory and crush of the enemy. All month we have looked on those lives that have struggled in many different ways and how to survive by walking in the footsteps and path of Jesus. To be willing to lay one’s life down for a friend, to preserve life by war, by sacrifice and hope. Our nation strives for peace and not war. That we should be thankful. Thanksgiving is not about the turkey or the trimmings. It is about the thankfulness of the labor of our hands and the harvest. It is about friendship, laying our swords down long enough to enjoy a meal together.

David Knew God was the rock of salvation in his life, and most of all he knew the power of His God. Do you know the victor today. Do you know God and his power and might? Seek God today and may you rest in the peace of salvation of Christ through his death and resurrection, because Christ death on the cross was the price paid for of sin against God and the guarantee of hope was through His resurrection. May you have a bless thanksgiving Day. By the way take time and read the Psalms I posted to think about the hope David had in God his rock and salvation.

Dear Heavenly Father this thanksgiving is a time of peace. Let us be thankful for the peace we do have in our nation. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Revelation 7:12 KJV
(12) Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

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